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Estonia: Scandal-hit PM refuses to step down
Estonia

Estonia: Scandal-hit PM refuses to step down

Estonia's Kaja Kallas, a vocal critic of Moscow, has been under fire over reports her husband's firm kept working in Russia past February 2022 FILE PHOTO of Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas © AFP / JOHN THYS/AFP Estonian Premier Kaja Kallas has made it clear she will not voluntarily vacate her post, despite a major scandal involving her husband that erupted earlier this week. The media reported that his logistics firm continued operating in Russia after the conflict between Kiev and Moscow began last February. A hardliner when it comes to Russia, Kallas herself has publicly insisted that "all business with Russia must stop" for as long as the fighting continues. In an interview with the ERR media outlet on Friday, the prime minister said: "I have no plans...
The West seeks to leverage Estonia against Russia
Estonia, Russia

The West seeks to leverage Estonia against Russia

Reproduced from Infobrics, with thanks Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher, Tuesday, January 31, 2023 Western intentions to arm Estonia with the most modern types of conventional weapons which can target Saint Petersburg, as well as the installation of a medium-range anti-missile defence system, suggests that the Baltic country is wanting to challenge Russia despite its military barely even having enough professional soldiers to field a single battalion. At the same time, and just as provocative, Estonian authorities discussed an introduction of a 24 nautical mile coastal zone in the Gulf of Finland to limit the navigation of Russian ships. It is demonstrated that Estonia is a highly active anti-Russian state that hopes its actions will re...
EU nation arrests politician for traveling to Russia
Estonia, Europe, Russia

EU nation arrests politician for traveling to Russia

Tallinn authorities suspect Aivo Peterson of “anti-Estonian association”  File photo: A border crossing between Estonia and Russia in Narva, November 2017. ©  Sergey Stepanov/RIA Novosti Estonian authorities announced on Friday that politician Aivo Peterson had been arrested on suspicion of activities against the state, along with two other individuals whose names were not released. The Baltic country’s security service detained Peterson in the town of Narva-Joesuu, on the border with Russia. Two Estonian citizens and one Russian national with permanent residence were detained, Security Police spokesman Harrys Puusepp confirmed to local media, identifying only Peterson by name. Puusepp did not offer any details about the charges against them, saying only t...
Estonia, Russia

What’s Really Behind Estonia’s ‘Border Dispute’ with Russia?

By Andrew Korybko The tiny Baltic nation of Estonia is attempting to revive a so-called “border dispute” with Russia in order to position itself as one of NATO’s “frontline states” against the Eurasian Great Power, which Tallinn expects will result in more military support from the bloc that its ruling party could then leverage for domestic political purposes, though this plan could very easily backfire if Trump demands that the country — which is experiencing a population decline and economic slowdown — pay its “fair share” just like the US’ other “allies” in exchange for the selfsame support. Estonia surprised Russia after its Foreign Minister said last month that the border treaty between the two countries was unlikely to be ratified because of Tallinn’s unhappiness with Moscow’...